Monaco's Martins handed six-month ban for pushing referee


(Reuters) - AS Monaco midfielder Gelson Martins has been banned for six months for pushing a referee during a Ligue 1 match against Nimes last month.

The Professional Football League (LFP) said on Thursday that the Portugal international had been banned for violent misconduct against referee Mikael Lesage during his side's 3-1 defeat at Nimes on Feb. 1.

"After examining the evidence... the Commission has decided to sanction Gelson Martins with a six-month ban. This decision takes effect from February 6, 2020," the LFP said in a statement.

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Martins, 24, pushed Lesage after team mate Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off in the first half and then pushed the referee again after he had also been shown a straight red card.

(Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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